published Thursday, April 7th, 2011

TVA delays decision on Bellefonte due to Japan

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — The Tennessee Valley Authority has delayed giving the go-ahead on a reactor at its Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in northeast Alabama, due to the emergency situation at a plant in Japan.

TVA President and CEO Tom Kilgore told The Daily Sentinel in Scottsboro that the utility’s board will not be asked at its April 14 meeting to approve completing the reactor.

Kilgore said today the “good news is we’re not stopping” on Bellefonte.

The indefinite delay will not affect about 500 workers who are at the site doing engineering work.

Kilgore said the tentative startup date for the facility is still in the 2018-2019 timeframe.

Kilgore said TVA will learn from Japan’s ongoing situation with leaking reactors since an earthquake and tsunami.

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LearnKnow said...

Will TVA pay attention to extremely astute engineering and economic analysis performed by several experts that will show the $$$$costs for making nuclear reactors truly safe from emitting radionuclides harmful to the population, especially babies in utero and young children?? I am afraid they won't. If they did, they would learn that alternative ways of reducing wasted kilowatts and generating them by truly clean and truly renewable technologies, providing plenty of energy for the Tennessee Valley to have an ongoing robust economy, will be economically feasible where the $$$$costs for new nuclear plants will be economically diasastrous.

April 7, 2011 at 4:29 p.m.
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